Research into the process of radicalization via the Internet has largely studied the content that is available rather than how terrorists actually make use of it, a study from the Rand Corporation says.
Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees say they're concerned that jihadist groups are gaining new strength, partly due to the conflict in Syria.
Whoever stole a truck carrying radioactive material in Mexico Dec. 2 probably did not know what was inside, said experts on terrorism and smuggling from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
Terrorist organizations value lone wolves for their ability to carry out the goals of the organization with lower costs, little or no need to plan, and a lower probability of detection, Amit Kumar of Georgetown University said during a recent event at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
The National Security Agency considered exposing the pornography viewing habits of Muslim "radicalizers," according to documents that the Huffington Post obtained from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
The conflict in Syria will likely have consequences for international terrorism for decades to come, Brian Michael Jenkins of the Rand Corp. said Nov. 20 during a House hearing. Jenkins, a terrorism expert and senior adviser to Rand's president, said that Syria has provided al Qaeda a chance to establish a strong new base in the Middle East and bring in new recruits.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continues to pose an immediate security threat to Yemen and to the United States, despite the central government's recovery of territory in the south previously under AQAP control, a State Department official told a Nov. 19 House panel.
The State Department designated Boko Haram and splinter group Ansaru, both Nigeria-based militant groups, as foreign terrorist organizations Nov. 13. "We took this step after very careful consideration, and I know you think it was too long," said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the department's assistant secretary for African affairs, during a House hearing.
American jihadists existed for decades before they received widespread attention, journalist J.M. Berger said at a New America Foundation event Nov. 1.
The European Parliament voted Oct. 23 by a vote of 280-254 to suspend a counterterrorism financial data sharing agreement with the United States, although it lacks direct power to do so. "The Commission will have to act if Parliament withdraws its support for a particular agreement," the resolution states, adding that the legislative body approved the agreement "only on account of the strengthened protection it afforded with a view to safeguarding EU citizens' personal data and privacy rights."